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  1. NHL continues to review the second attempt at an Ilya Kovalchuk-Devils contract

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:20 PM EST

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    There was a minor stir regarding what was ultimately deemed a false report regarding the NHL rejecting the second Ilya Kovalchuk-New Jersey Devils contract, so I thought it would be wise to pass along what basically amounts to a non-update (with a few nuggets that you might find semi-interesting). The biggest thing to keep in…

  2. League hires a former NFL executive to beef up programming, NHL Network to see overhaul

    Aug 30, 2010, 9:00 PM EST

    Even the most cynical hockey fan should value the NHL Network to at least some extent, especially if you’re an American puckhead. For all its faults, the channel often covers the league’s big events (trade deadline coverage, later rounds of the NHL draft, the occasional live game during the regular season) and NHL on the…

  3. Danny Briere hopes to continue to make a heavy impact with a lighter frame

    Aug 30, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    It’s unlikely that you will ever see him receive a bunch of Selke Trophy votes. Chances are, people will continue to look at the eight-year, $52 million contract he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in the summer of 2007 as a mistake. Yet those qualms aside, I stand by the fact that Danny Briere’s outstanding…

  4. Trading card companies gather 23 possible Calder candidates for rookie showcase

    Aug 30, 2010, 7:15 PM EST

    While the “need” for playing cards drops as the Internet becomes the primary resource for stats, there’s still something quaint and pleasant about flipping through an Upper Deck pack. (Especially when they have those amusing gimmick cards with tiny pieces of game-worn jerseys, or sticks … although they really need to get their hands on…

  5. Carolina reveals ticket prices for 2011 NHL All-Star Game

    Aug 30, 2010, 6:35 PM EST

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    While teams and players aren’t always thrilled with a two-week interruption to their season (not to mention the compressed schedule that comes with it), one of the Olympic Games bummers is missing out on an All-Star Game. To me, it’s not really about the game itself, either. The downers come with missing the ridiculous but…

  6. Report: New ownership group close to a deal for Phoenix Coyotes

    Aug 30, 2010, 5:26 PM EST

    Right when you think things are starting to get dire with the City of Glendale’s search for a new buyer for the Coyotes, something always comes up to reinvigorate chatter. Consider today to be that day. The Phoenix Business Journal reports that, once again, a new and unknown group demanding secrecy to better negotiate with…

  7. 2010 NHL free agency: Blues sign David Spina

    Aug 30, 2010, 4:22 PM EST

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    Chalk one up for the state of Arizona. No, not the Coyotes re-signing Lee Stempniak. In this case, Arizona native David Spina signing a contract with the St. Louis Blues. Spina spent the last three seasons in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage and is likely headed to the AHL once again, only this…

  8. 2010 NHL free agency: Rangers sign Tim Kennedy

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:43 PM EST

    After the report earlier today, it appears that it’s true and the Rangers have signed forward Tim Kennedy to a one-year deal. While the financial details of the deal are still a bit unknown, it’s believed he signed for $550,000. After winning a $1 million award in arbitration from the Sabres, settling for a salary…

  9. 2010 NHL free agency: Coyotes re-sign Lee Stempniak for two years

    Aug 30, 2010, 2:07 PM EST

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    As reports tend to go, this one seems to be as close to a sure thing as we’ve seen this summer. It appears that free agent winger Lee Stempniak is going to rre-sign with the Phoenix Coyotes for two years. While no actual details are readily available until the contract is officially announced by the…

  10. Tom Kostopoulos is excited by Hurricanes prospects

    Aug 30, 2010, 1:51 PM EST

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    With how things have changed in Raleigh for the Hurricanes just in the last year, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who is overly excited about the team’s chances. Going into a season with as much youth as the Hurricanes will be putting out on the ice on a nightly basis, growing pains will…

  11. Keith Yandle reflects on losing in the playoffs, improving Coyotes defense

    Aug 30, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

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    The rise of Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle last season could be described as meteoric. Flying under the radar as a virtually unknown player for his first three seasons in the NHL, Yandle emerged as one of the Coyotes top blue liners last season even earning himself a spot on Team USA during the 2010 World…

  12. Report: Rangers to sign free agent forward Tim Kennedy

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:12 AM EST

    If reports are to be believed, WKBW out of Buffalo is reporting that free agent forward Tim Kennedy, who’s been searching for a new team after being waived by the Buffalo Sabres, is going to sign a contract with the New York Rangers. If he signs with the Rangers, he’ll provide some improved forward depth…

  13. Speculating on what's next for the New Jersey Devils

    Aug 30, 2010, 10:39 AM EST

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    Mark Everson of the New York Post is speculating on a move the New Jersey Devils are going to make in order to accommodate the eventual addition of Ilya Kovalchuk’s salary. While there are many options the Devils could run with in order to fit under the salary cap in the wake of signing Kovalchuk…

  14. The PHT Nightcap: Sunday, August 29th

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:50 PM EST

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    Even in the depressingly hockey-free summer, we expect to be a productive bunch here at Pro Hockey Talk. Sometimes it might be difficult to follow our pace. We understand that. For that reason, whenever we can, we’ll put all of the day’s stories in one convenient post called the PHT Nightcap. Enjoy, hockey fans. Kirk…

  15. Tuukka Rask reflects on 09-10 season, tries to put playoff letdown behind him

    Aug 29, 2010, 11:00 PM EST

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    When you consider how unproven he was going into the 2009-10 season, most people would probably look at Tuukka Rask’s rookie year as a resounding success. After all, he usurped Tim Thomas, the 2009 Vezina Trophy winner as the Boston Bruins managed to grind their way into a playoff berth. Still, you also can’t blame…

  16. 2010 NHL Free Agency: Oilers sign Sam Gagner to a two-year, $4.55M deal

    Aug 29, 2010, 9:50 PM EST

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    Before the Edmonton Oilers pinned their hopes on the likes of Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle, they looked to players such as 2006 first round pick Sam Gagner. The team re-upped with Gagner today, signing him to a two-year, $4.55 million contract with a $2.275 million annual cap hit according to Nick Kypreos. Here is…

  17. Fantasy Hockey Cheat Sheets: Faceoff winners

    Aug 29, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

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    While Pro Hockey Talk doesn’t specialize in fantasy hockey (our Rotoworld cousins do, though), we still think that there are areas where we can help you, the budding imaginary general managers. For that reason, we’re going to discuss different philosophies, strategies and cheat sheets as fantasy drafts begin to increase around North America. Previous entry:…

  18. Poll results: Paul Kariya's career isn't quite Hall of Fame material

    Aug 29, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

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    When Paul Kariya’s agent announced that the winger will miss the 2010-11 season because of concussion problems, many people speculated that we might not see any more of Teemu Selanne’s former running mate. Being that he’s been bothered by injuries the last couple years and will turn 36 around October, it’s a pretty reasonable question…

  19. Ottawa Senators team doctor in critical condition following motorcycle crash

    Aug 29, 2010, 5:05 PM EST

    Ottawa Senators team doctor Dr. Donald Chow is in critical condition following a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon in Ottawa. According to TSN, he suffered severe head and chest injuries in the accident when his motorcycle collided with the passenger side of a car, throwing him from the bike. Dr. Chow is the head physician out of…

  20. Blue Jackets have plans for Ken Hitchcock to work within the organization

    Aug 29, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

    When teams fire a head coach, we often forget that those teams are on the hook to pay that coach what he’s owed until he finds another job. In the case of the Columbus Blue Jackets, when they fired Ken Hitchcock back in February, they were getting rid of the coach that brought them to…

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